Roads Searched

The Irish Independence Film Collection
Directed by:
British Pathé
Produced by:
British Pathé

1919 - 1921

1 min 39 sec
Silent with English Intertitles

This newsreel shows rural roads in Ireland being searched for damage. Royal Irish Constabulary troops check under blown up bridges for evidence of what devices were used.

Police are seen putting barbed wire around a RIC barracks for protection against attacks.

By early 1920, violent attacks by the IRA increased in isolated rural areas causing police to abandon these posts and retreat to larger towns. By early April 1920, 400 abandoned RIC barracks were burned down to prevent them from being used. As a result of this, the RIC withdrew from rural areas leaving it in the hands of the IRA.